You have your aisle décor and your reception centerpieces picked out, but there’s a good chance you may be neglecting one thing: your cocktail hour, if you’re having one.
Whether yours is being held in a lawn next to your outdoor ceremony venue or in the hall next to your reception room, you should definitely consider how you can make your guests as comfortable, happy and entertained as possible while they wait for the reception (and you!). Spoiler alert: There’s more to it than an open bar and bite-sized apps (but not much). Find some fresh, simple ways to decorate your cocktail hour space, below.
You can make casual hors d’oeuvres or charcuterie plates feel elevated with stunning centerpieces and florals.Bray Danielle Photography
Make sure your guests have lots of surfaces to sit and place their cocktails while they mingle—linen-draped tables and casual chairs are perfect.Amy Arrington Photography
The more seating there is, the better—you might not want to make your guests (especially the elderly ones) stand for an hour plus. Try a cozy-chic lounge area.ANNA GOMES PHOTO
A spacious, photogenic bar with cocktails on deck is a given.Jen Lynne Photography
A tiny detail that makes a big impact? Monogrammed napkins.Lisa Woods Photography
Try a stylish refreshment cart—think sodas, waters and beers, perhaps—to make sure the line for the bar stays relatively low.Our Labor of Love
Top the tables with sweet, framed photos of you and your partner.RebeccaMarie Photography
Lawn activities, vintage board games or a photo op—just make sure to scatter some activities in the area to keep your guests occupied and entertained.Jamie & Sarah